The skinny on fats
After decades of fat bashing, the U.S. government, health professionals, and athletes are finally appreciating fat as the macronutrient it is. Dietary fat is essential to many of your body's normal functions, and it carries plenty of health benefits. With a growing interest in higher-fat diets—and, by extension, adequate-fat diets—it's time to set the record straight when it comes to fat and your health.
Cholesterol, which comes from dietary fat, is used to make hormones like testosterone and estrogen. Including adequate fat in your diet allows your body to maintain a normal hormonal balance, which can support fat loss and the maintenance of a lean physique.
Better Brain Function
Your brain is primarily made up of fat, so skimping on your fat intake can actually compromise brain function and performance. Including monounsaturated fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts can also help increase the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that plays and important role in learning and memory.
Transportation of Nutrients
Without adequate fat intake, crucial vitamins like A, D, E, and K can't be absorbed, transported, or used effectively.
Taste and Satiation
Fat imparts texture and flavor to enhance the taste of your food. It also takes a little longer to digest, which helps to keep you satiated for a longer period of time.
Fat should be a part of any balanced, healthy diet, but how much you need in your diet depends entirely on your body and your goals. Check out "What 20 Grams of Fats Looks Like" to learn how to easily measure and incorporate fat into your diet!
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